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Hope Clinic needs $20K to finish renovations

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Hope Clinic is entering the home stretch in paying for its new building, but needs quick help to make it.

The overwhelming majority of the $388,000 needed to renovate the first floor of the clinic’s new home on Langley Drive has been raised. That said, the final payment to the builder is due next Thursday, and the Hope Clinic remained about $20,000 short as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re very thankful for the ($8,000 raised since the final push began earlier this week),” Executive Director Pam Martin said, “and we just keep marching forward ... Raising money right now is very difficult because people feel so uncertain about the future.”

The Hope Clinic, which operates on a pay-what-you-can basis, provides internal medicine and care for the uninsured and underinsured, including Medicare patients. Founded in 2002, it moved from its tiny home on West Pike Street and opened doors on the “new” 10,150-square-foot building on Langley Drive at the end of November.

A $1 million grant and private donations allowed the clinic to buy the old law office and eliminate monthly rent payments. A completely gutted and renovated interior necessitated an additional $750,000 in fundraising.

The number to complete the initial phases of construction is just out of reach.

“This is one of those times when you either believe in God or you don’t,” Martin said. “There really isn’t middle ground. He said He would take care of us. The ball is in his court.”

For more information or to donate, visit www.hopeclinicgwinnett.info, or stop by the Hope Clinic at 121 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.